Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Looking for Lessons in All the Odd Places

I doubt any of you will be surprised to learn that soccer lessons are going well. Pumpkin is having a blast. So is Petunia- she loves playing at the playground while her big sister plays soccer. And actually, the grown ups are having fun, too. We're having beautiful weather (of course- its San Diego!) and it is nice to hang out outside for an hour or so after work, chatting with our fellow parents. After soccer is over, we head to the nearby strip mall for dinner with one of Pumpkin's classmates and her mother. We buy dinner from one of the restaurants, and sit outside by the fountain to eat. Then we drive home for bath time, and even though we're running a little late, no one seems to mind. And there are no dinner dishes.


When it was time to brush teeth tonight, Pumpkin started pouting. I asked her what was wrong.

"I'm worried about something, Mommy."

I asked her what. She said she was worried about her swim lessons when she was a big girl.

"I don't want to swim in the deep end without anyone holding me, Mommy."

I bit back a laugh, and told her that when it was time for her to do that, she'd be ready. And then I told her about a saying that applied to her- don't borrow trouble.

I think I'd do well to remember that one, too.


I'd let Pumpkin watch an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba before bed, so we only had time for two stories. She picked out one of her My Big Backyard magazines and a book called Parents in the Pigpen, Pigs in the Tub, by Amy Ehrlich.

The book is about a farm family whose animals decide to move into their house. When the chaos gets a bit too much, the family moves to the barn. And then when they all get bored, they move back- the animals go back to the barn, and the people go back to the house.

I think there is a lesson for me there, too. Sometimes, you just have to roll with what life hands you, and trust that it will all work out in the end. I have a saying for that, too:

Everything always works out well in the end. If things aren't going well, its not the end yet.


  1. I'm totally adopting that last saying for my work! It applies perfectly.

    Glad to hear the soccer is working out well - dinner afterwards sounds fun and much less stressful than heading home and trying to sort out a meal.

  2. Anonymous3:39 AM

    Hahaha. Well, I hope things can go well before the end too.

  3. Happy to hear that soccer is going so well and that it gets you out of the house and among friends. That's usually good for a spirit lifter and change in perspective. "Don't borrow trouble" is one to remember.

  4. the milliner10:50 AM

    "Sometimes, you just have to roll with what life hands you, and trust that it will all work out in the end."

    This couldn't be more apt for us this week. Especially the first part. And yay for no dishes!

  5. I'm officially adopting that last sentence as my new mantra.

  6. Yay for soccer working out so well for you and yours! You cheeky over-scheduler, you. I kid!


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